With proper teeth care, most people try to avoid removing a tooth. In the mind of many people, a tooth is only removed because there is no hope for the tooth. And this is the case sometimes. However, this is not always the reason for removing a tooth.
Why Teeth are Removed?
There are several reasons why teeth are removed, and it is important that you realize this does not mean that you did not take care of your teeth. Even those who brush and floss twice daily still have some issues with their teeth, as many teeth issues are genetic. Some of the reasons why the teeth may be removed are:
- There are extra teeth coming into the mouth that are not needed.
- Baby teeth sometimes have to be removed in order for permanent teeth to come in straight.
- Certain cancer drugs can weaken the immune system and cause an infection. The infected teeth may need to be removed.
- If the tooth is causing an infection, then these teeth are almost always removed.
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted due to decay, infection and crowding or damage to other teeth.
How Teeth are Removed
There are two main ways in which teeth removal occurs in the dental office. These extractions are:
- Simple Extraction – this is performed when the tooth can be seen in the mouth. These are rather common, especially if baby teeth are being removed.
- Surgical Extractions – this is a more complex procedure, which is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not erupted in the mouth. The oral surgeon will make a small incision into your gum to surgically remove the broken tooth or impacted wisdom tooth.
The surgical extraction of teeth may sound a bit daunting, but with today’s modern procedures and anesthesia, you have nothing to worry about. Afterwards, you and your dentist can discuss tooth replacement options to restore the function and beauty to your smile.
It is important to remember that teeth removal is often a must for the health of the person’s mouth. It is important that you go see your dentist about any tooth related injury you may have and ensure that you are following their directions to a “T” in order to stay healthy!